For release: October 2, 2013|
Amy Kilgore 330.344.6014, KilgorA@ccf.org
Kelly Ward-Smith 330.344.1681, WardSmK@ccf.org
Protect your family this flu season. Akron General has teamed up with three local Walmart stores to offer flu shots where it is convenient for you – once again bringing wellness to your community. We are now in the recommended period for receiving the flu vaccination, which is between mid-August and mid-November. During the annual flu season, from October to May, flu viruses are circulating in the population. An annual seasonal flu shot is one way to reduce the chance that you and your family will get seasonal flu, and lessen the chance that you will spread it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu will spread throughout your community.
All flu shots are not the same. The flu vaccine is formulated each year to keep up with the flu viruses as they change. Akron General will be offering two flu vaccines at the Stow, Fairlawn and Arlington Road Walmart stores – the existing Trivalent and the newer quadrivalent vaccine. The quadrivalent vaccine contains the same three flu strains as the trivalent vaccine, plus an additional B strain. Including two A strains and two B strains in the flu vaccine is an important public health measure that may help close the gap in coverage.
Vaccinating early is always a good idea as the vaccination requires up to two weeks to take effect. About two weeks after vaccination, antibodies that provide protection against the flu viruses in the vaccine develop in the body. These antibodies may provide protection against infection using the viruses that are in the vaccine.
Stop by any of the below locations for your flu vaccine provided by Akron General nurses. Trivalent vaccines are $25 and quadrivalent vaccines are $35. Only cash or checks are accepted. No appointment is necessary. Vaccines are provided to those 14 and older. Anyone 14-18 year of age must have a parent present to receive the flu vaccine. For more information, visit akrongeneral.org.
- Arlington Walmart, 2887 S Arlington Road, Akron: October 9, 26; Nov. 13, 23; 9 a.m. – 6 pm.
- Stow Walmart, 3520 Hudson Drive, Stow: October 24; Nov. 4, 22; 9 a.m. – 6 pm.
- Fairlawn Walmart, 3750 W Market Street, Fairlawn: October 7, 19; Nov. 9, 18; 9 a.m. – 6 pm.
About Akron General Health System
Akron General Health System is a not-for-profit health care organization with the mission of improving the health and lives of the people and communities it serves. Akron General Health System includes: Akron General Medical Center, a 532-registered-bed teaching and research medical center, and Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute, the area’s largest provider of rehabilitation services; Akron General Partners, which includes Partners Physician Group, the Akron General Health & Wellness Centers, Lodi Community Hospital, Community Health Centers and other companies; Akron General Community Health Ventures, which includes Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates; and Akron General Foundation. Recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked Akron General Medical Center as the fifth best hospital in Ohio. In 2013, the American Nurses Association bestowed the prestigious “Magnet” status on the more that 1,000 nurses from Akron General Medical Center, Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute and the Health System’s Health & Wellness Centers. For more information about Akron General Health System, visit www.akrongeneral.org.